Fans excited at beginning of a new era
Linnets fans were last night focusing on the "exciting times around the corner" after months of uncertainly surrounding the future of the club. Lynn's loyal supporters have not seen their side play since November but are optimistic that Buster Chapman can steer the club back to its former glories.
Linnets fans were last night focusing on the "exciting times around the corner" after months of uncertainly surrounding the future of the club.
Lynn's loyal supporters have not seen their side play since November but are optimistic that Buster Chapman can steer the club back to its former glories.
Life-long supporter Mark Hearle has agreed to continue as Press officer for the new Lynn FC and hopes it is onwards and upwards: "I think it's fantastic and at last some positive news regarding football in King's Lynn," he said.
"We've had so many dark days recently; for the last few months any bad news going was down The Walks.
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"I'm very pleased for Buster, I know he worked very hard for this. I understand he will have a local side with local players and start in the Ridgeons League, so let's not forget there's a long way to go - but there are exciting times around the corner. Thankfully we've got football back in King's Lynn. It's brilliant."
Supporter Kevin Chase, who has worked behind the scenes at the club for 16 years, said: "It's good news for the town - for a town of this size not to have a football club is shameful really. I'm really pleased, this was the only viable option after Handley pulled out. We need someone who knows what to do with a stadium and Buster certainly does.
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"It's not just about what's on the pitch, it's how you run the ground and he knows how to do that really, really well.
"If it is run properly on and off the pitch they've got to look to be taking it forward within their means. That's the absolute underlying criteria. Rome wasn't built in a day."
Gordon Chilvers, a lifelong Linnets supporter and sponsor, urged fans to get behind Chapman and work together to move the club forward.
"I'm delighted, absolutely delighted," said Chilvers, who has been watching football at The Walks since 1963. "I mean, at the end of the day, the Trust was a great idea but they're just not far enough down the road at this point in time, I think, to take it over. But Buster, with all his experience is, in my mind, the ideal answer.
"In the current situation, I can't think that there could've been better news. We were all sad when 130 years was wiped away with the stroke of a pen, but we've got to move forward."